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Real Wage Cyclicality in Italy

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  • Peng, Fei

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    (University of Birmingham)

  • Siebert, W. Stanley

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    (University of Birmingham)

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This paper analyzes the cyclical behaviour of male real wages in Italy using the European Community Household Panel 1994-2001. We distinguish between job stayers (remaining in the same job), and within- and between-company job movers. Stayers are the large majority. We find stayers in Northern Italy to have high cyclicality of real wages, higher in fact than the US and the UK. The Northern cyclicality is significant for all sub-samples (except for public sector workers), and higher in small firms, the private sector, and for temporary workers, as expected. In contrast, we find little wage cyclicality for any sub-group in the Centre-South, even for workers in small private sector firms. Evidently, labour markets in the North of Italy operate much more competitively than in the Centre and South.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 2465.

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Length: 14 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2006
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Publication status: published in: Labour, 22 (4), 2008, 569 - 591
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Keywords: Italy; real wage cyclicality; job stayers; ECHP;

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  1. Peng, Fei & Kang, Lili, 2013. "Wage Flexibility in Chinese Labor Market 1989-2009," MPRA Paper 46651, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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  5. Kang, Lili & Peng, Fei, 2013. "Economic Reform and Productivity Convergence in China," MPRA Paper 50810, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  6. Kang, Lili & Peng, Fei, 2010. "Real wage cyclicality in urban China," MPRA Paper 45418, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  7. Isabella David, 2009. "Composition Bias and Italian Wage Rigidities over the Business Cycle," LABORatorio R. Revelli Working Papers Series 92, LABORatorio R. Revelli, Centre for Employment Studies.

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